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McPanther Meals New Life Christian School
Frederick, MD

What's the Big Idea?
Run a cafe during the school musical's intermission! Students at New Life Christian School decorated their café with flowers, vines, and candles so that it matched the school musical, "Cinderella. They sold homemade fruit salad and baked goods to hungry theatergoers.

There were three nights of performances, so leftovers were saved and refrigerated for the follow night. And on the last night, the remaining food was sold at a discount - better to make a smaller profit than have to throw food out.

Tips to take to the bank...
Tips to take to the bank... •   Research can save your bacon. Cafes had been held at other events at New Life Christian School, so the students were able to estimate how much food would be needed this year. See if your school has any records on how successful past fundraisers have been - and if there aren't any records, now's a great time to start.

•   Conserve, conserve, conserve. Selling food can be tricky, since it goes bad if you don't refrigerate it properly. If you have to throw food out because it's rotten, you're throwing profit. Make sure you have the right equipment for your fundraiser, and that everyone knows basic rules for food handling.

•   A little decoration goes a long way. It may seem a little silly to put up Cinderella-themed decorations, but drawing attention to your fundraiser is very important. Think about ways you can grab people's eyes.

There's more than one way to do it

•   Liberty High School had a dinner in conjunction with their production of West Side Story.

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